Screw Conditions on the Ground in Afghanistan. We're Pulling Out
Until last night, there appeared to be little daylight between the official Democrat and Republican positions on a timetable for an Afghanistan withrawal. To be sure, Romney thought it ill advised to telegraph a pullout date to our enemies, but he's not actually opposed to a 2014 exit. Both parties seemed to be hedging that a full withdrawal would only take place if conditions on the ground made it possible.
US Vice President Joe Biden may have just invented foreign policy on the fly in his debate with Paul Ryan as he made clear a number of times that in 2014, it was over no matter what.
Al Qaeda isn't eliminated in Afghanistan, as we all know. Meanwhile, despite the proficiency of Afghan troops for shooting their generous international trainers in the back, they have yet to show any aptitude for dealing with the Taliban on their own. But none of that is important.
Forget about conditions on the ground. We're planning on holing up in Fortress America and occasionally playing whack-a-mole with our drones in Waziristan. That should work just fine, right?
Jonathon Narvey is the Editor of The Propagandist